Soham Village College

GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
AQA Exam Board - GCSE Dance GCSE Dance 2DR01

The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

 

 Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
Assessments
Units
Assessment

Autumn    

Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H20 Sandy
An introduction to the professional dance work Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H20 Sandy from the dance anthology. The focus within this unit will be appreciation, choreography (introduction to ASDR) and performance (developing technical and physical skills).
Written and choreographic tasks
Performance in a group
Appreciation
Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H2O Sandy
Artificial Things by Lucy Bennett
Choreography
Analysis of A, S & D
Performance
Assessment task 1: solo performance
Understanding the rehearsal process.
Understanding the physical,
technical and expressive skills.
Understanding mental skills and attributes needed for performance.
Compare similarities and differences between the two works.
Complete handbook on rehearsal technique.
Answer exam style questions on own experience of performance.
Film the set phrases.Teacher assessment of a live performance.
Artificial Things by Lucy Bennett
Appreciation
Artificial Things by Lucy Bennett
Choreography
Motif development and choreographic terms.
Understanding structure.

Performance
Improving technique and broadening vocabulary.
Understanding expressive skills.
Written tasks – exam style questions on understanding of expressive skills.
Three hypothetical 
Choreography written tasks – linked to practical tasks.
Choreography – outcome a 2 minute trio. 
Perform group dances to an audience.
Could be formal to informal e.g. -Public performance, parents, peers.
Appreciation
Shadows by Christopher Bruce.A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili
Choreography
Choreographic intent – understanding its importance and relevance to a successful dancer.
Research and the importance of an artistic vision.

Performance
Assessment task 1: duet/trio performance
Compare similarities and differences between the two works.
Write a Programme Note to support understanding of the work.
Start work on a choreographic journal.
Choose a stimulus from the AQA set task list.
Consideration of artistic vision.
Begin the research process.
Create an ideas board.
Teacher assessment of a live performance
Film the performance.
Spring    Shadows by Christopher Bruce.
Appreciation
Shadows by Christopher Bruce.

Choreography
Understanding the processes of researching and improvising.
Responding to a given stimulus.

Performance
Improving technique.
Written tasks – exam style questions on understanding of features of production.
Collaborative group choreography task.
Appreciation
Infra by Wayne McGregor .Within Her Eyes by James Cousins
Choreography
Assessment task 2 : Choreography
Compare similarities and differences between the two works.
Write a Programme Note to support understanding of the work.
Choreographic journal completed to support both the process of choreography plus link to Component 2.
A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili
Appreciation
A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili

Choreography
Understanding of spatial design.
Patterns, formations, pathways, directions, levels, size of movement.

Performance
Exploration of dance styles.
Workshops that cover different dance styles.
Salsa, Capoeira, African and Contemporary etc
Perform to an audience
Component 2 – Critical appreciation
Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H2O Sandy
Artificial Things by Lucy Bennett
Shadows by Christopher Bruce.
A Linha Curva by Itzik GaliliInfra by Wayne McGregor.Within Her Eyes by James Cousins
Consolidation of the previous learning.
Section A – preparation for responding to hypothetical stimuli.
Practice writing about choreographic processes and performing skills.
Section B – revision on analysis of own work within the course either performance or choreography.
Summer    Infra by Wayne McGregor.
Appreciation
Infra by Wayne McGregor.
Choreography
Choreographic approaches
Use of video recording to aid analysis and bring about improvement of own work.

Performance
Introduction to movements from set phrases Breathe and Shift into class work.
Complete a choreographic workbook including learning about motif writing.
Complete exam style questions on choreographic processes.
Solo composition task and then perform solos for peers.
Component 2 – Critical appreciation
Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H2O Sandy
Artificial Things by Lucy Bennett
Shadows by Christopher Bruce.
A Linha Curva by Itzik GaliliInfra by Wayne McGregor.Within Her Eyes by James Cousins
Consolidation of the previous learning.
Section C – GCSE Dance
Anthology - learning to analyse, evaluate and identify similarities and differences in the works.
Developing the ability to explain and justify opinions with reasoning about the works.
Within Her Eyes by James Cousins
Appreciation
Within Her Eyes by James Cousins
Choreography
Focus on choreographic processes i.e. research.
Understanding how to respond creatively to a stimulus.

Performance
Exploring contact and weight – taking.Introduce movements from set phrases Focus and Scoop into class work.
Choreograph a group dance (2 – 5 dancers) that is a response to a stimulus of your own choice.
Consider use of site sensitive performance environments.
Prepare an accompanying programme note.
Complete a choreographic journal.